The Crystal World Author:J G Ballard "The forest is the most beautiful in Africa, a house of jewels," read Dr. Edward Sanders from the letter just received from his friends the Clairs in Port Matarre. "The people walk through the dark forest with crowns of light on their heads." — But these were just hints of what he was to experience when he journeyed to the interior of Africa to... more » see for himself.
Once arrived he found himself trapped in an alien jungle where all living things were encrusted in brilliantly colored jewels - with indications that in the not too far future the whole world was to become a glittering crystalline petrification.
"This is brilliantly imagined ... As a human adventure in a suddenly alien environment the book is convincing and powerful." - Edwin Morgan, New Statesman« less